Privacy policy

Application and Ownership
This privacy statement applies to the website known as the Red Herring Press website, with a home page address of Red Herring Press is the sole owner of the information collected on this web site.

Purpose of the Privacy Statement
The purpose of this statement is to let you know what information is collected about you when you visit the Red Herring Press website, how this information is used, to whom it is disclosed, and your ability to have any incorrect personal information amended.

Our goal is to provide you with a satisfying experience while allowing you to control your privacy and to give you a means to voice any questions or concerns you may have.

This statement has been prepared in accordance with the Australian Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000.

Commitment to Privacy
Red Herring Press is strongly committed to protecting your privacy while interacting with our site.
Information is collected from you primarily to make it easier and more rewarding for you to use our services. Depending on the service you are accessing, you could be asked to provide information such as your name, email address, username, etc. It is entirely your choice whether to respond to these questions or not.

The Information Collected
The Red Herring Press website collects two types of information.

The first type is anonymous information. The web server makes a record of your visit and logs the following information for statistical purposes

  • the user’s server address,
  • the user’s top level domain name (eg. com, .gov, .net, au, etc.),
  • the date and time of the visit to the site,
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded,
  • the previous site visited, and
  • the type of browser used.

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except, in the unlikely event of an investigation, where a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect the internet service provider’s logs.

The second type of information that the Red Herring Press website collects is personal information. Personal information is requested in order to provide personalised and enhanced services that are not available to anonymous users.

Personal information requested in this site includes:

Email Address:
We will only record your email address if you send us a message, subscribe to an email newsletter, or complete a form requesting your email request. If subscribing to an email newsletter you may “unsubscribe” at any time from the newsletter mailing list. Email addresses will not be added to any other mailing lists. We will not disclose your email address without your consent unless required to by law.

Phone Number, account username etc
This information is requested in various forms within the site to enable registration to comment on articles published on the Red Herring Press website, to enable Red Herring Press to communicate with you, and to verify existing registration.

We will not collect or solicit personal information via this site which would be unlawful, unnecessary or unrelated to the functions or activities of the Red Herring Press website, or unfair or unreasonably intrusive.

Personal information
When interacting with the Red Herring Press website, using applications such as newsletters or social media, we suggest that you use your discretion and exercise caution when providing your personal information.

Note that whenever you post personal information in publicly accessible places, such as social media, this information becomes available to anyone with access to the internet. If you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Therefore, we recommend that you refrain from posting any information that you do not want seen in these public areas.

Children’s Privacy
The publisher believes that it is very important to protect the privacy of children and encourages parents or guardians to spend time with their children to participate in and monitor their activities. The publisher does not intend to collect personal information from children, should we be aware that we have such information in our database it will promptly be deleted.

Use of Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user’s computer tied to information about the user. The publisher uses cookies on the Red Herring Press website. When communicating with our website through a mail-in form or by subscribing to a newsletter, your IP is logged onto our server. Also our host is monitoring traffic mainly for keeping track of statistics and for network security reasons.

How information is Used
We will only use the personal information you have chosen to provide us for the purpose for which you provided it. We will not use it for any other purpose without your consent.

Among other reasons, the publisher collects and retains information for the purposes of conducting market research, promotional activities, contests, surveys and advertisement mailings. This information is collected only when you enter it yourself.

The publisher uses your personal information for the following purposes:

  • to develop and maintain our relationship with you and to communicate with you;
  • to address your inquiries or respond appropriately;
  • to develop and improve our products, services and websites and to advise you about new products and services from our websites and/or sponsors that may be of interest to you;
  • to inform you of promotional events;
  • to subscribe to newsletters, advertisement mailings and fill out surveys;
  • to protect our business interests and the interests of our consumers, and to generally meet requirements imposed by law.

The publisher reserves the right to co-operate fully with local, provincial/state and federal officials in any investigation relating to any personal information (including private electronic communications transmitted on any the publisher websites) or any purported unlawful activities.

We will only publish personal information on this site if it has been collected for this purpose with your knowledge or if you have consented to the disclosure. You should be aware that information published on this site (in areas such as post comments) is accessible to millions of users from all over the world and may be indexed by search engines. It may also be copied and used by any web user. This means that, once the information is published on this site, we will have no control over its subsequent use and disclosure.

Under no circumstances will Red Herring Press sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing your personal information.

Commitment to Data Security
We will take reasonable steps to ensure that all information we collect, use or disclose is accurate, complete, up-to-date and stored in a secure environment accessed only by authorised persons. In addition, we employ generally-accepted information security techniques, such as firewalls, access control procedures and cryptography, to protect personal information against loss and unauthorized access.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. While we strive to protect your personal information from misuse, loss and unauthorised access, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us or receive from our web site. These activities are conducted at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security.

How Users can Access and Correct their Personal Information

If the Red Herring Press website holds your personal information the business will where possible provide you with access to the information. We will take reasonable steps to correct the information so that it is accurate, complete and up to date.

To request any corrections please contact our Privacy Officer at or contact us by postal mail at the contact information listed below.

Links to other sites
This Privacy Statement applies only to the Red Herring Press website and not to other companies’ or organisations’ websites to which it is linked. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.
Changes in this Privacy Statement

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, without prior notice. You should visit our website periodically to review any changes to this policy. Your continued use of Red Herring Press’ websites following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.
Your Acceptance of These Terms
By using Red Herring Press’ websites, you signify your acceptance of the publisher’s Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our website or register to comment or receive our newsletter. If for any reason you do not agree with any of the changes whole in part, you must stop using Red Herring Press’ websites and terminate your registration using the unsubscribe link provided in our mailings for your convenience.

Red Herring Press reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to accept or reject any current registration or any registration application for any reason, or for no reason, whatsoever.

How to Contact Us
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact Red Herring Press at:
Post: P.O BOX 155, Penshurst NSW 2222 Australia

Last update: March 2015